No. 6 Softball Routs Oregon, 8-0

May 5, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The sixth-ranked Washington softball team claimed its ninth straight victory over host Oregon, 8-0 (5), Sunday at Howe Field. With the win, the Huskies moved to 41-16 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks fell to 23-28 and 1-18 in conference play.

Washington took advantage of two Oregon errors in the first inning, putting up four runs. Senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.), who started the inning with a single, scored the first run when Oregon third baseman Ashley Richards' throw took catcher Mari Lyn Petrick off the plate on the force out. After sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) came home on a ground ball to the right side off the bat of Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.), Eugene native Courtney Jeffries came through with an RBI single to score two runs and move the score to 4-0.

The Huskies also had two errors in the bottom of the first, but the Ducks failed to capitalize as the runners were left stranded at second and third after UW starter Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) struck out both Janell Bergstrom and Richards to end the threat.

After increasing its lead to 5-0 on a two-out RBI single by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) in the second, UW freshman Steph Nicholson led-off the fourth with a solo home run to straight-away center field. Simpson kept the inning going with a triple, before Clark launched her team-leading 17th home run of the season to left field for the 8-0 advantage.

After allowing the one hit and two baserunners in the first, Bollinger settled down for her final three innings before giving way to freshman Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) in the seventh, improving to 18-9 overall. Oregon senior pitcher Connie McMurren took the loss to fall to 8-11, in her final home appearance.

Washington returns home for its final three Pac-10 and regular season games, playing host to No. 5 Arizona State Friday and No. 2 Arizona Saturday in doubleheader action.

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